Tobias Harris has been named the Eastern Conference player of the week. While Harris averaged 21.3 points per game on 49% shooting, he also led the Detroit Pistons to a 3-0 record this week. He also averaged 7.7 rebounds a game, while shooting 64% from three during this 3-0 week.
If you’ve watched the Pistons this season, this comes as no surprise. Harris has been arguably the Pistons best player this year, and the team has reaped the benefits of his improvement.
Harris is shooting an amazing percentage from three at 50.6 percent on the season, by far a career high. He’s brought that effeciency to the rest of the floor on offense as well, as he’s shooting 48% from the field.
While Harris is proving to be great player for the Pistons, he’s an even better teammate. When confronted on the news of winning this award, Harris said ” I’m honored to be named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, but this is truly a testament to how well we’ve been playing as a team.”
Harris isn’t wrong. The Pistons have sped out the gate to a 10-3 record, which is third best in the NBA. What’s even better is the fact Harris has led his team to a league best 7-1 record at home. The Pistons are clicking as a team, and it’d be foolhardy to not credit Harris as the main reason for this start.
Harris has always been a good scorer, but has been inconsistent at best from beyond the arc. He spent the offseason working on his deep range shot, and contributes a lot of the success to LASIK eye surgery he had.
“The emphasis, really, is to get good raise on [the shot]. I also got LASIK eye surgery, which was able to help me get better vision,” Harris said.
Harris has undoubtedly played like an All-Star this year for the Pistons. If he can continue to produce at this level, and as Harris says, the team continues to win, this will not be the last award he win. Harris will defintely be in the running for Most Improved Player of the Year, as long as he stays healthy.
Harris may, as well, be on his way to Staples Center in February, and it wont be to play the Lakers or Clippers; he will be representing the Detroit Pistons in the All Star game. Something that has only happened once since 2009 (Andre Drummond, 2016).
Yes, it may be too early to start lofting that kind of praise, but with the way Harris has been playing, he deserves it.
I think I speak for all Pistons fans when I say, I’m happy to call Tobias Harris a Detroit Piston.
Harris and the Pistons will look to continue their hot start on Wednesday at Milwaukee to take on Bucks at 8:00 PM.